Black Beans and Mango on Coconut Rice

Apr 07, 2021 by

Have you ever loved a restaurant dish so much that you tried recreating it at home? That’s what’s happening here! The Foundation restaurant (which is sadly no longer open) used to serve an amazing comfort-food dish called The Upper East side, made with rice, black beans and mango. It was a unique and wonderful combination.

I wouldn’t say this recipe below is a dead ringer for The Foundation’s version, but it definitely satisfied my craving. I couldn’t remember what exactly The Foundation chefs would use as a garnish on top of the mango — it was tomato something. Maybe a salsa or a chutney? I’ve gone with a chutney. You can make your own ahead of time (try a recipe online) or buy something from the store…or keep things simple and skip this step. Also, I don’t think the rice in their dish was made with coconut milk (but it’s so delicious…you need to try!).

When I made this dish in stories, I used garlic and onion powder — of course, you can do the same! However, below, I’ve suggested using fresh onion and garlic because I think these ingredients would improve the dish. Either will work.

I also love how inexpensive this dish is to make, even more so if you can find mangos on sale! Plant-based cooking does not have to be expensive. So many staples, like rice and beans, are on the affordable side. Hope you love this dish as much as I do!

Serves two (if you have big appetites like we do!)


For the coconut rice
  • 1 1/2 c Jasmine rice
  • 1 c coconut milk
  • 2 c water
  • 1 tsp salt
For the mangos
  • 5 ripe Ataulfo mangos (~ 3 cups, cubed)
  • 1/2 c coconut milk
For the black beans
  • 2 x 398mL/14 fl oz cans black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1 1/2 tbsp veg bouillon paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c hot water
For the garnish
  • 1/2 c tomato chutney
  • Cilantro
  • 2 limes


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